Visa scheme helps Bath graduate entrepreneur
(Left to Right) Simon Bond, Innovation Centre Director, Zheng Ge, the Successful Student Entrepreneur
and Dr Ali Hadavizadeh, Innovation Centre Business Support Manager.
Bath graduate Zheng Ge has joined the University of Bath Innovation Centre to set up a new web business to help Chinese tourists plan trips to the UK.
Zheng is the first international student to take advantage of the University of Bath’s Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneurship Visa scheme which allows international students to stay and work in the UK for 12 months while she builds her start-up business.
With record numbers of Chinese tourists visiting the UK Zheng foresees a growing demand for access to information for non-English speakers so they can choose local travel products and arrange their own itinerary.
Zheng Ge’s new website aims to help Chinese students and Chinese tourists coming to the UK find the local resources they need to plan and book travel arrangements.
Ms Ge said: “A lot of Chinese students travel around when they are studying in the UK. However, arranging an itinerary is still very time consuming due to the unfamiliarity with travel information in the UK.
“This website will include transportation arrangements, train booking, coach booking, local day trip booking and customised small group tours. With information gathered in the initial years, we will develop a booking platform of UK local travel products, which will enable people in China to browse, compare and book travel arrangements and tourist activities.”
Director of the Bath Innovation Centre, Simon Bond, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Zheng to the Innovation Centre and look forward to supporting her new business.
“The University of Bath has an enviable pool of talented international entrepreneurs comprised of many nationalities. I believe the scheme is forward looking and will have a positive economic impact both locally and nationally on jobs and wealth creation and adds to our international entrepreneur network, connecting Bath with the world.”
Ali Hadavizadeh, Business Support Manager, added: “We are delighted to have been granted the opportunity to tap into, work with and support these committed non-UK/EU graduates to set up their business in Britain.”
The University of Bath has recently been awarded 20 additional places for the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Scheme until 5 April 2015 to qualifying candidates.
This year the scheme has changed slightly so that graduates of any discipline can apply and it is no longer necessary for a candidate’s degree to have been awarded in the last 12 months.
For further information on the scheme visit our page on entrepreneur visas.
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